First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Watching and praying to guard the world
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
The Bible
  1. Ps. 90:1, 4, 12, 17 let

    1Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

    ... 4For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

    ... 12So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

    17 ... let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

  2. Ps. 141:3, 8 (to ;)

    3Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

    ... 8But mine eyes are unto thee, O God the Lord: in thee is my trust;

  3. Ps. 102:7, 8 (to ;), 12, 25, 28

    7I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.

    8Mine enemies reproach me all the day;

    ... 12But thou, O Lord, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.

    ... 25Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.

    ... 28The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.

  4. Neh. 4:6-9 all, 14 (to :), 15, 17, 18 (to 1st .)

    6all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.

    7But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth,

    8And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.

    9Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.

    14And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them:

    ... 15And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work.

    ... 17They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.

    18For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded.

  5. Neh. 6:15

    15So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days.

  6. Mark 13:1 as, 2, 23 take, 24-27 in, 31, 33-35, 37

    1as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!

    2And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

    23take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.

    24in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,

    25And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.

    26And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

    27And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

    ... 31Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

    33Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

    34For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.

    35Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:

    ... 37And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

  7. Acts 16:16-19, 23-26

    16And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

    17The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.

    18And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

    19And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,

    23And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely:

    24Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

    25And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

    26And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

  8. I Thess. 5:5, 6, 8 putting, 9

    5Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

    6Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

    8 ... putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

    9For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy

  1. SH 1:6-14

    6Prayer, watching, and working, combined with self-im-molation, are God’s gracious means for accomplishing whatever has been successfully done for the Christian-9ization and health of mankind.

        Thoughts unspoken are not unknown to the divine Mind. Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from 12trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds.

  2. SH 4:12-22

    12    The habitual struggle to be always good is unceas-ing prayer. Its motives are made manifest in the blessings they bring, — blessings which, even if not 15acknowledged in audible words, attest our worthiness to be partakers of Love.

        Simply asking that we may love God will never 18make us love Him; but the longing to be better Watchfulness requisiteand holier, expressed in daily watchful-ness and in striving to assimilate more of 21the divine character, will mould and fashion us anew, until we awake in His likeness.

  3. SH 15:14-26

        In order to pray aright, we must enter into the 15closet and shut the door. We must close the lips and Effectual invocationsilence the material senses. In the quiet sanctuary of earnest longings, we must 18deny sin and plead God’s allness. We must resolve to take up the cross, and go forth with honest hearts to work and watch for wisdom, Truth, and Love. We 21must “pray without ceasing.” Such prayer is an-swered, in so far as we put our desires into practice. The Master’s injunction is, that we pray in secret and 24let our lives attest our sincerity.

        Christians rejoice in secret beauty and bounty, hidden from the world, but known to God.

  4. SH 253:19-21, 25

    18Matter can Right endeavor possiblemake no opposition to right endeavors against 21sin or sickness, for matter is inert, mindless.

        Do not believe in any supposed necessity for sin, dis-ease, or death, knowing (as you ought to know) that God 27never requires obedience to a so-called material law, for no such law exists. The belief in sin and death is de-stroyed by the law of God, which is the law of Life in-30stead of death, of harmony instead of discord, of Spirit instead of the flesh.

  5. SH 411:27-1

    27    Always begin your treatment by allaying the fear of patients. Silently reassure them as to their exemp-Unspoken pleadingtion from disease and danger. Watch the re-30sult of this simple rule of Christian Science, and you will find that it alleviates the symptoms of every disease. If you succeed in wholly removing the fear, 412 412:1your patient is healed.

  6. SH 412:4

    Mentally and silently plead the case scien-tifically for Truth. You may vary the arguments to meet 6the peculiar or general symptoms of the case you treat, but be thoroughly persuaded in your own mind concern-ing the truth which you think or speak, and you will be 9the victor.

  7. SH 381:20-21, 27

        Think less of the enactments of mortal mind, and you 21will sooner grasp man’s God-given dominion. 27 ... Let us banish sickness as an outlaw, and abide by the rule of perpetual harmony, — God’s law. It is man’s moral right to annul an unjust sentence, a sentence never 30inflicted by divine authority.

  8. SH 377:16

    Because a belief origi-nates unseen, the mental state should be continually 18watched that it may not produce blindly its bad effects. The author never knew a patient who did not recover when the belief of the disease had gone. Remove the 21leading error or governing fear of this lower so-called mind, and you remove the cause of all disease as well as the mor-bid or excited action of any organ. You also remove in 24this way what are termed organic diseases as readily as functional difficulties.

  9. SH 319:5-14

    3To calculate one’s life-prospects 6from a material basis, would infringe upon spiritual law and misguide human hope. Having faith in the divine Principle of health and spiritually under-9standing God, sustains man under all circumstances; whereas the lower appeal to the general faith in material means (commonly called nature) must yield to the all-12might of infinite Spirit.

        Throughout the infinite cycles of eternal existence, Spirit and matter neither concur in man nor in the universe.

  10. SH 234:9-12

    9    We should become more familiar with good than with evil, and guard against false beliefs as watchfully as we Hospitality to health and goodbar our doors against the approach of thieves 12and murderers.

  11. SH 206:28

    Omnipotent and infinite Mind made all and includes all. This Mind does not make mistakes 30and subsequently correct them. God does not cause man to sin, to be sick, or to die.

  12. SH 392:24 Stand

    24Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in Guarding the doorbodily results, you will control yourself har-27moniously. When the condition is present which you say induces disease, whether it be air, exercise, heredity, contagion, or accident, then perform your office 30as porter and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears. Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the body cannot suffer from them. The issues of pain or 393 393:1pleasure must come through mind, and like a watchman forsaking his post, we admit the intruding belief, forget-3ting that through divine help we can forbid this entrance.

  13. SH 367:17

        A Christian Scientist occupies the place at this period 18of which Jesus spoke to his disciples, when he said: “Ye The salt of the earthare the salt of the earth.” “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill can -21not be hid.” Let us watch, work, and pray that this salt lose not its saltness, and that this light be not hid, but radiate and glow into noontide glory.

  14. SH 393:12

    12Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on 15man.

From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 245: “O tender, loving Shepherd, We long to follow thee”
Hymn 496: “Holy Spirit, Light divine, Shine upon this heart of mine”
Hymn 534: “My shepherd is the living God, There's nothing that I need”